For the past two years, a pair of Arizona artists have been traversing the state, rendering the colorful vistas and history in paint through the 5 C’s: Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus and Climate. Their efforts have resulted in a body of 100-plus paintings, which will be exhibited at several venues and on-line to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood.
The idea was conceived of by Becky Joy, who thought of it as a great vehicle for learning the history of, and exploring the state. A little while in to the project, she invited Christine Debrosky, who, as a fairly new resident welcomed the opportunity. Accomplished artists, both woman have garnered numerous awards and exhibited their work extensively across the United States.
We spoke to Christine about this traveling exhibit:
Why did you decide to do this?
As I’m sure you’re aware, the idea was Becky Joy’s initially, as a way to learn more about Arizona’s history, and a great excuse to explore the state, paintbrush in hand.
I was honored when she asked me to join her in the project. As a fairly new resident, I am seeing many of these places for the first time. Artists strive to view things with fresh eyes, and I am getting to do just that; a perfect opportunity.
What do you hope to accomplish with this traveling exhibit?
To bring an awareness of the “quirky beauty” that surrounds us here, as well as the awe-inspiring, pristine landscapes and climate that Arizona is famous for.
By that I mean there are numerous out-of- the way places that have a quiet beauty that resonates with the past. Where I live, in Clarkdale, which was one of the nation’s first planned communities, is a great example. It is like a “snapshot in time.”
Why should people pay attention care about the Centennial?
Learning about Arizona’s contribution to the economic history of the United States is an enriching experience. More importantly, it is an opportunity for Arizonans to show off all of the great things about our state, and why we choose to live here. We are all aware that lately we have been cast in a less tha flattering light in the national media. Let’s ignore that, and celebrate all that is good. It is our time to shine.
The public will have several opportunities for viewing this engaging exhibition: 40 will hang in ASU’s Gammage exhibition space Phoenix in May; 50 at the Manheim Gallery in Cottonwood mid-September to October; and selected works will hang at Windrush Gallery in Sedona, in 2013, where both artists are represented.